Tell us a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health? My name is Mel and when I was 25 years old my father died from liver cancer at the age of 59 years old. He was one of a total of nine brothers and sisters. His whole family has died in their fifties or sixties and that is the last thing I want my family to deal with. I took a close look at myself and realized it was time to take MY life seriously and get help because I was 308lbs and felt trapped in my body. I decided that weight loss surgery was for me and got VSG on 5/13/2015.
Tell us how you discovered Devotion Nutrition and how it has helped you stay Devoted to your goals. I found Devotion through instagram and after reading and watching reviews, I knew we had to try it. Devotion is versatile because you can use it in so many different ways. I love to use it as a pudding or a waffle. Keeps my breakfast healthy and on point. Devotion has helped me reach my protein goals on a daily basis. As a Bariatric patient I need to have 80 grams a day to hit my protein goals and with devotion I am able to achieve that regularly.
What are your favorite Devotion products? Do you have a favorite Devotion recipe? My favorites are Brownie Batter and Angel Food cake. The Brownie Batter is the best for a pudding, which I use as a late night snack, and I feel guilt free. I use Angel Food Cake for all my waffles because I mix that with their flex flavors like Boston Cream Donut or Monkey Bread to give it a little sweet kick.. They are delicious!
What goals did you achieve this past year? This past year I was able to hit my protein goals almost everyday! This is such a huge deal for me. I need to hit it every day to maintain or lose weight.
When it comes to eating well what are your top 3 recommendations if someone doesn’t know where to start?
How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family? We decided that we would make a meal plan together. We went through the house and got rid of anything that was tigger food for myself. Once we started to make dinners together everything fell into place!
What is your favorite form of exercise to do and why? My favorite exercise is a full body workout like HIIT workouts. I am all about losing weight and tuning up evenly.
What is your favorite form of cardiovascular exercise to do and why? Cycling. When I went back to the gym for the first time I joined a cycling class and it was rough. But after a few weeks I was able to keep up with everyone in class and I felt great after each session.
What is your favorite healthy food to eat? What is the recipe? My favorite healthy food right now is my jalapeño chicken salad. It is 8 ounces of cream cheese, 3 large cans of chicken (or rotisserie chicken) 1/2 cup of green onions, 1/2 cup of chopped jalapeños, chopped up fresh bacon, salt and pepper to taste. I have this a few times a week. Great source of protein, veggies, and good fats.
What is your least favorite healthy food to eat? Fish!!! I just can't stand the taste.
What is your favorite cheat meal? French Fries all the way!!
What is your best piece of advice for those just starting to exercise? I would say to go to the gym and join some group exercise classes that seem fun to you.. Going to the gym is a way to get connected to your body and find out what you genuinely like. Try out all the machines and workout classes so you can figure out what you like and don't like. It might surprise you what you go towards too. I fell in love with cycling classes, and the row machine. I also enjoy squats, kettlebell swings, and deadlifts! I thought I would never say that I enjoyed working out but I do!! You just never know so don't be afraid to go!!
What is your goal for this year? This past year I have fallen out of my routine and I am working on getting that back in my life. Everyday I get up and plan to do something physical. Once the gyms are open in our area I will be back at the GYM!
How do you continue to stay devoted to this lifestyle? I keep making goals for myself and creating challenges, on my PODCAST page which is Our Sleeved Life Podcast, to make sure I stay accountable! We do challenges every month with our followers and we help each other everyday to make sure we hit goals!!